Buffered Bike Lane on Baronne!

Posted by Anneka on September 16, 2014 in Advocacy, Bicycle Safety , Events

Making this CBD street safer, healthier, and more inviting for everyone.

Update: Submit your public comments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 5pm tomorrow, Friday, September 19th!

ADVOCATES NEEDED

This Wednesday, September 17th, the City of New Orleans is holding a public meeting to get public comment on their proposal to put a buffered bike lane on Baronne Street through the CBD from Canal Street to Calliope Street. We at Bike Easy believe that this is a good solution to the City’s Complete Streets Ordinance to accommodate the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians, and create an inviting Baronne Street – a safe and vibrant place that residents, workers, and visitors stroll, shop, bike and enjoy all hours of the day.

We need to demonstrate strong community support for the City’s re-design proposal. Advocates are needed to attend this important meeting to thank the City of New Orleans for their re-design proposal and ask for calm streets with a dedicated bike lane on Baronne Street.

When: Wednesday, September 17, 6:00-7:00pm
Where: The Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp Street

Whether you plan to attend or not, sign our petition to show your support.

If this is an issue you care about, make your voice heard! Submit your public comments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 5pm tomorrow, Friday, September 19th!

WHY WE SUPPORT A BUFFERED BIKE LANE ON BARONNE

We think that a buffered bike lane on Baronne Street between Canal and Calliope would make this downtown street safer, healthier, and more inviting for everyone.

Here’s why:

  • Neighborhood Connections: Baronne Street is a critical link in our bicycle network, creating a direct connection from jobs in the French Quarter and CBD to residential neighborhoods in Central City and Uptown.
  • Economic Benefits: Nationwide studies have shown that streets with bike lanes see an increase in retail sales, and bicyclists spend more money at local businesses. A bike lane would increase foot and bike traffic and boost business on Baronne Street.
  • Safety and Access: Buffered bike lanes have a proven safety benefit, creating a dedicated space for bicyclists and making them more visible. Plus, 12% of people currently crossing under the Pontchartrain Expressway are walking or biking – accommodating all users by balancing the street is needed and required by our Complete Streets Ordinance.
  • Community Vitality: This is an opportunity to make Baronne Street more than just a thoroughfare and see it become one of the most vibrant and livable streets in our city. Creating space for people to bike and walk along Baronne Street would invite people to stop and stay in our downtown, increasing economic development and social vitality.

Join us on Wednesday to advocate for safer streets, better business, and more livable communities! Download the attached flier for more detailed information about the City’s proposal, and sign our petition here.

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